Lady Hawk, who calls Tamarack Wildlife Center in Saegertown her home, will turn 30 this year. Not many red-tailed hawks live so long. In fact, the oldest recorded red-tail living in the wild was around 30. In captivity some hawks have lived longer.
She seems healthy and could be going for the record soon. According to the Greely-Tribune newspaper, a hawk named Sebastian made it to 32.
Lady Hawk was admitted for treatment for a broken wing in 1992. She was found along side the road. It's not certain what happened to her, but it was certain she wouldn't survive without help.
After rehab, it was apparent she'd never be able to fend for herself in the wild, so she became a permanent resident of the center. She is now the longest running ambassador and education specialist at Tamarack.
The center relies entirely on grants and donations for its operations with the over $100,000 a year budget. They are always looking for help with supplies and money.
I was out documenting some of the center's use of grant monies they received from a local foundation. I will follow up with more information on that soon, but for now I wanted to share that Lady Hawk is still with us and nearing a very impressive milestone.
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